About Us

Keyano College is a comprehensive community institution in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Stretching from north-central Alberta to the borders of Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, Wood Buffalo is one of the largest municipalities in Canada.

Keyano serves students through its Clearwater Campus and Suncor Energy Industrial Centre in Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan Campus, and through our Learning Centres in Fort McKay and Gregoire Lake.

The College meets both the training and skills acquisition needs of industry, and the personal enrichment and cultural needs of the Wood Buffalo community. Keyano provides opportunities for lifelong, relevant and practical learning, and is committed to increasing access to post-secondary programs.

The College offers programs that lead to certificates, diplomas, certificates of qualification (trades), and baccalaureate degrees. The College also supports the development of professional knowledge and skills in several sectors, including energy, construction, business, health and safety, arts, sciences, education, human services, and transportation. A wide range of corporate training options are available to client companies as well as Aboriginal Education and Regional Stewardship programming focused on improving access to learning opportunities.

Our leadership

                      Dr. Trent Keough - President and CEO   

Dr. Trent Keough has been working as a senior administrator in the Alberta post-secondary education system since 2006. He has more than 25 years’ experience in college/university transfer education.

Trent has held positions of: Instructor, Coordinator, Chair, Dean, Campus Administrator, Regional Director, Vice President Academic, and President & CEO.

Besides Alberta, Trent has lived and worked in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Qatar.  He is a vision-based thinker and a leader who focuses on innovation, excellence, and creativity. He is self-described as hard-wired to 'see' differently, to identify patterns and opportunities otherwise ignored or overlooked, and he has always used his talents to leverage for social infrastructure growth in college communities.

As a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Rural Development Network, Dr. Keough has been a champion for improvements to student mental health supports. During his decade in Alberta Trent has engaged extensively with First Nations and Métis peoples and has engendered effective relationships with leaders in industry, business, and government. 

                     Fred Russell - Vice President, Academic 

A key leader at Keyano College since 2014, Fred served as Vice President, Community Relations before moving into his current role. Prior to this he served as Interim Vice President, Academic, Dean of the School of Continuing Education and as Director, Corporate Services. Fred's 20-plus years in the post-secondary college system includes a number of senior administrative roles in the State of Qatar, in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Quebec before coming to Alberta. He takes pride in focusing on developing community-based, provincial, national, and international partnerships.

                    Tracy Boyde - Vice President, Infrastructure, CIO 

Tracy Boyde brings over 30 years of experience working in the post-secondary sector. He has worked for over 25 years in various college environments and five years with an Alberta University. He has been involved in almost all aspects of Information Technology, progressing from IT operations to planning and managing information technology projects and teams. Tracy has led both IT and Facilities teams to collaborate in the delivery of major capital projects.

Prior to joining Keyano College, Tracy worked for six years with Portage College where he led the Facilities and IT teams in renewing the IT environment and completing major facility renovations. During his time with Athabasca University, Tracy was part of a team that worked to renew the University’s Administrative Information systems. Before moving to Alberta, Tracy was part of the management team for a large international project to open a branch campus of a Canadian college. During that time, he oversaw the design and implementation of the information technology infrastructure. He also managed the installation of the audio visual, library, and security systems.

Tracy holds a Bachelor's degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University. Tracy has also earned a Project Management Professional designation.

 Dale Mountain - Vice President, Corporate Services, CFO

Dale Mountain has a wealth of leadership and administrative experience in post-secondary education, oilsands, industrial construction, and provincial and Indigenous government.

Prior to joining Keyano College, Mountain served as both the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance and Administration at Portage College with responsibility for finance and administrative operations.

In his 10 years at Portage College, he contributed to the development and execution of strategic plans to position the College to both lead, and respond to the changing landscape of higher education in Alberta.

Mr. Mountain is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant. During his career, he lived and worked in Fort McMurray for 12 years.

Board of Governors

As a community college, a Board of Governors  is also appointed to serve as the decision-making body for the institution.

 Values, Mission, and Mandate

 Values
Keyano is a quality, responsive and sustainable comprehensive college that consistently meets or exceeds the expectations of our learner stakeholders and communities.
 Mission
Keyano College is a comprehensive college of choice that is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, industry training and applied research through the delivery of relevant and sustainable programs and services that maximize opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders, and, that enable Keyano to engage in community leadership.
 Mandate
(Approved by the Minister of Innovation & Advanced Education, June 12, 2014)

Keyano College is a public, board-governed college operating as a Comprehensive Community Institution under the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta. Keyano plays an active role in Campus Alberta by collaborating with other post-secondary institutions to increase access to learning opportunities for students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Through its two campuses in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan and two learning centres in Fort McKay and Gregoire Lake, Keyano provides a variety of learning opportunities through classroom, online and blended delivery models. Keyano also serves a wider learner population through its involvement in education consortia and a variety of industry partnerships.


Keyano College offers certificates and diplomas, university transfer, apprenticeship, academic upgrading and, through collaboration with other post-secondary institutions, degree completion options. Keyano's comprehensive program offerings include arts, science, business, education, environmental science, power engineering, performing and visual arts, health, engineering technologies, human services, humanities, trades, transportation, heavy equipment operations and industrial training. Keyano provides relevant, practical, flexible and affordable workforce development, including continuing education, customized corporate training, and English as a second language courses and programs.

As a Comprehensive Community Institution responsible for regional stewardship, Keyano College collaborates with comprehensive community institutions, community adult learning providers, business, industry, school districts, Aboriginal communities, and other organizations to ensure access to a broad spectrum of learning opportunities. Keyano is committed to increasing access to post-secondary programs, assisting students in achieving their learning goals and enhancing career opportunities for its graduates. Specialized services provided include Aboriginal counselling, counselling, support for students with disabilities, flexible education delivery alternatives and co-operative education options in many programs.

Keyano provides high-quality lifelong learning opportunities by promoting access to and participation in post-secondary education, fostering excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Keyano's faculty and staff are engaged in professional development, scholarly activity and applied research for the purpose of enhancing expertise and increasing knowledge that will facilitate a high-quality learning experience through improved programs and services.

Keyano College plays a pivotal role in enhancing sustainability within the region by collaborating with stakeholders to support social, cultural and economic development initiatives. Keyano's specialized facilities including its Power and Process Engineering Lab, Industrial Campus, Theatre, and the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre make Keyano College an integral partner in providing educational, cultural, recreational and career opportunities for students and the residents of Wood Buffalo.